Suffolk foster carers and transferring to Suffolk
Find out how to transfer to working with Suffolk County Council and the benefits you receive as part of the team.
Suffolk foster carers
- Foster Carer’s Manual (PDF, 3MB)
- Suffolk foster carer benefits scheme
- Suffolk CPD online
- Additional training resources
- Training and development opportunities (PDF, 216KB)
- Emergency out of hours: call 0808 800 4005
- New Family Social
- Fostering Network
- Suffolk Foster Carer Association
- Mockingbird Family Model
- Suffolk's Fostering Service on Facebook
- Brighter Futures: call 0800 917 1119
- Refer a friend form (PDF, 101KB)
- Allegations: Guidance for foster carers and prospective adopters (PDF, 551KB)
- Foster Placement Disruption Guidance (PDF, 86KB)
- Goals of the Disruption Meeting (PDF, 50KB)
- Delegating Authority to Foster Carers and Children's Homes (PDF, 140KB)
- Fostering Guidance for Child Care Arrangements under Delegated Authority (PDF, 106KB)
If you’re currently registered with another fostering service and are thinking of transferring to Suffolk, we’d love to hear from you. We can visit you at home to talk through what would be involved.
We will make the transfer process as smooth and as expedient as possible - it could be within 6 weeks.
We have many carers who transfer to us each year. We would be happy to put you in touch with one who can talk you through some of the benefits of fostering with Suffolk!
You can also read about why you should foster with Suffolk.
“I spoke to Suffolk Fostering Service and have never looked back”
– Amanda, transferring foster carer
All Suffolk children in care are the responsibility of Suffolk County Council.
We match children with our own pool of approved foster carers before other fostering providers.
At Suffolk Fostering Service, we are passionate about:
Creating positive outcomes for children: we maximise local resources and hold accountability to taxpayers
Matching children with the right carers: at Suffolk we know both the carer and the child and believe we are best placed to find the best match
Maintaining competitive fees and allowances: we offer 21 days paid respite, insurance, paid mileage and loan essential equipment and computers
Providing an extensive range of training and learning opportunities: including accredited qualifications, online courses and local sessions
Ensuring 24/7 exemplary support is available: including support from health, educational and therapeutic agencies
Offering regular supervision and support: from a dedicated fostering social worker
Giving you a regular placements and a choice of placements: our carers rarely have a vacancy
Be part of a team!
We offer opportunities to our foster carers who are keen to get more involved.
Suffolk foster carers can share their fostering experience and develop their own skills. Some of these opportunities attract an additional fee.
As a Suffolk foster carer you can:
Volunteer for the Suffolk Foster Carer Association
Become a Fostering Ambassador: we have several carers who work with the recruitment team and deliver public events to promote fostering
Receive a thank you payment of £500 if you introduce someone who goes on to be approved as a Suffolk Foster Carer
Become an Education Champion: This is a fee paid role in which foster carers mentor and support other carers in relation to their child’s educational needs.
Become a trainer: Take part in training new and existing Suffolk foster carers. Some of our carers are fully trained and accredited to co-run the 12 week KEEP programme Therapeutic Fostering
Support and mentor other carers individually or take part in running support groups
Suffolk County Council employees who foster are also eligible for SCC’s Foster Carers Leave Policy.
“The majority of carers are highly positive about the support they receive for the local authority.”
– Ofsted report 2015/2016
Arrange to speak to a foster carer or adoptive parent
Call us: 01473 264800
Email us: email@example.com
You can also leave feedback about our website.
Become a foster carer or adopter
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